Alan Pardew has kept the same starting side from Saturday, when we beat Crystal Palace 1-0 with a goal late into stoppage time, and that made it three wins in our last four games.
Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Shola Ameobi are again on the bench, and they could see some action tonight against a very good Everton side – and we expect to see Ben Arfa on in the second half.
Only 26% of fans think we can win the game tonight – so there’s plenty of opportunity for the lads to shock us on the positive side.
Everton are 9 points above Newcastle with a game in hand, so if we have any chance of catching the Toffees this season, we’ll need to take all 3 points tonight, and the best chance of doing that is if Papiss Cisse has some of that old confidence back, and can convert the chances he will get tonight.
For Everton, former Newcastle loan player Sylvain Distin is at center-back, and danger man Romelu Lukaku is up front.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi
Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Leon Osman (c), Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu; Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes: Joel Robles, Luke Garbutt, Antolin Alcaraz, Tyias Browning, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith
Referee: Lee Mason (Greater Manchester)
Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sean4eva09 on twitter.